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Restoring power safely and soundly

Robert Houk • Dec 11, 2018 at 9:53 AM

Buddy Moss, a construction department manager for BrightRidge, has worked for the public utility for nearly 28 years. He has seen it all during his service at BrightRidge, including the aftermath of tornadoes, thunderstorms and blizzards.

Moss was working Monday morning with BrightRidge crews in the Moiser Road area of Washington County to repair power lines downed by the heavy snow that blanketed the region Sunday. He said 27 customers in this neighborhood near Cash Hollow Road would have their electricity restored later in the day.

What’s the most difficult part of your job?

“With all the snow, it’s difficult getting to some of the locations we need to work. It takes a lot longer if we need to cut trees to get to lines. And sometimes we arrive to areas before the snow plows.”

What’s the most gratifying thing about your job?

“Knowing that we are working as hard as we can to get power back on for our customers. I have an 82-year-old grandmother, and I would hate to think of her or someone’s else grandmother without power in the cold or heat.”

What are the most important tools of your work?

“It’s our safety gear. When you are working with 7,200 volts, you only get one chance to do it right. We are putting our lives in the hands of our co-workers.”

Why did you choose this job?

“I’ve always enjoyed electrical work, and BrightRidge has been an excellent place to work. You’ve got to love the weather and the long hours, and I enjoy the people I work with.”

What is your favorite time of the workday?

“I enjoy my morning coffee, but the most satisfying time of the day is at the end of the work shift and knowing that everyone is going home safe and sound.”

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